EUBS ExCom Elections 2022

According to the EUBS Constitution and Bylaws, it is time to elect a new Member-at-Large. All regular EUBS members  will receive an “Invitation to Vote” by e-mail; voting must be done before August 30 (before the EUBS Annual General Meeting).

We will this year chose TWO Members-at-Large, as we will be expanding the EUBS ExCom with one Member at Large (as per the General Assembly decision in 2021). As we have two candidates, both approved by the ExCom and proposed to the EUBS membership, both will be elected into ExCom. Nevertheless, your vote is necessary and important: the candidate with the most votes will be elected for a 4 year term, whereas the other candidate will be elected for a 3 year term. You can only vote on one candidate – so even if you approve of both, please choose one to make a difference in the duration of their mandate. 

EUBS Elections for Member at Large 2022 candidates (in alphabetical order):

Charles P. Azzopardi

Dr Azzopardi has studied medicine in Malta and continued his training as a Specialist in Haematology and Internal Medicine, before starting his work in diving and hyperbaric medicine in Plymouth at the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) in 2016.

He then returned to Malta to work at the Mater Dei Hospital Hyperbaric Unit, with rotations in Critical Care / ITU, Anaesthesia, Cardiology and ENT. He holds degrees in Diving Medicine (DMAC/EDTC Level 1 & Level 2D, DDRC, UK), Operational Underwater Medicine (Durban, South Africa) and Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine (BScMedScHons with distinction, Stellenbosch, South Africa).

Since August 2020, he is a Consultant in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the referral Hyperbaric Unit at Mater Dei hospital in Malta. He is an appointed court expert for diving accidents and fatalities within the Malta judicial court system and inquests. He has served as editor, reviewer and author for Cochrane systematic reviews on HBO use in delayed radiation injury. He is the author and editor of two academic textbooks in diving and hyperbaric medicine, namely the “Oxford Handbook of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine” to be published by Oxford University Press, and “The Sports Diving Medical” together with Dr John Parker, due for publication in 2023. He is a reviewer for the joint SPUMS/EUBS journal, Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal.

He is a technical sidemount diver as well as an avid internationally-awarded photographer in his free time, having published 46 photography books, as well as serving as the current President of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography.

You can download his CV from this link.

Anne Räisänen-Sokolowski

After graduation as a medical doctor, Dr Räisänen-Sokolowski  specialized as a Pathologist, and exercised successively as Pathologist, Head of Section and now Head Physician at the HUS-Diagnostic Center, Pathology, at the Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.

She is also Adjunct Professor in Immunology.

She is a Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Physician since 2007, and has worked at the Hyperbaric Medical Center Medioxygen in Helsinki as well as for the Finnish Defence Forces Diving Medical Center in Upinniemi. Since 2016 she is a part-time researcher for the Finnish Defence Forces Diving Medical Center. Since 2015 she is DAN Europe Finnish Division Medical Director.

She has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles on transplantation, nephrology, pathology, immunology and cancer, and 11 peer-reviewed articles on diving, diving pathology and decompression sickness. She has supervised six Doctoral Theses, of which 2 in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

She dives (of course) and is a Divers Alert Network Instructor Trainer.

You can download her CV from this link.

All EUBS members in good standing will receive a “Invitation to Vote” email (sent by “”) containing the mini CV and picture of candidates; simply click on the link in the e-mail (yes it’s safe) and you will be taken immediately to the voting ballot. Please make sure your e-mail address on file is correct, if needed, check your data by logging in on the EUBS website.
As the Ballot e-mail may occasionally be considered spam, or be blocked by a (company or institution) Firewall, please check also your spam mailbox. If you have not received the Ballot Sheet e-mail by July 31st, please contact the EUBS Secretary (